The City Council voted unanimously to abolish Planned Developments at their February 27, 2023 meeting. The WPRA has advocated for this position for some time, and outlined the issues in our Fall 2021 newsletter. To access this, go to WPRA.net/Publications/Newsletters and scroll down to the Fall 2021 issueWPRA-PD-Ltr-to-Council-2-26-23-Final-Revised-1
WPRA raises concerns about mini golf and driving range expansion at Brookside Golf Course
The 2022 West Pasadena Residents’ Association Annual Meeting
All photos by Bob Reiter
For the first time since 2019, the West Pasadena Residents’ Association convened its annual meeting in person without assistance from Zoom.
WPRA Treasurer Blaine Cavena (above left), serving as the master of ceremonies, opened the meeting with presentation of the colors, led by the Blair High School Junior ROTC Color Guard.
District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison presented outgoing President Dan Beal (above left) with a Certificate of Recognition for “his outstanding contributions to the community and exceptional leadership from 2018 to 2022.” Cavena followed that up with a presentation of the ceremonial gavel (above right), on behalf of the WPRA, for Beal’s extraordinary service.
Special guests who attended include Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo (top left), District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison (top right), Pasadena Police Department Interim Chief Jason Clawson (above left) and Pasadena Fire Department Chief Chad Augustin (above right).
The membership elected the WPRA’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors, and learned that Evan Davis (right) would be the 2022-2023 WPRA president. Members of the 2022-2023 WPRA Board of Directors are: Geoffrey Baum, Dan Beal, Dave Bise, Blaine Cavena, Evan Davis, Pete Ewing, Donna Furey, Avram Gold*, Mic Hansen, Kenyon Harbison, Joan Hearst, Susan Kinney, Mark Mastromatteo, Nancy Walker*, and Linda Zinn.
*Avram Gold and Nancy Walker have since resigned from the Board. After expressing gratitude to Gold and Walker for their considerable service to the organization, the Board appointed two new directors: Carlos Javalera and Lee Wallace.
This year’s annual meeting theme: “Pasadena and the tech revolution: Where we came from, how we grew and where we are going.”
Program moderator Avram Gold opened the themed portion of the meeting with a video featuring a series of historical images (see video above) that celebrated where we came from and how we’ve grown since then.
The following tech visionaries were asked to address why so many tech startups are coming to Pasadena, what’s actually happening in those fecund tech incubators, and how they view the future (from left) :
- Julie Schoenfeld, an entrepreneur-in- residence at Caltech
- Moderator Avram Gold
- Aaron Fyke, founder and managing partner of Thin Line Capital
- Hallie Kuhn, vice president Alexandria Ventures
- Robbie Nock, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and assistant professor in the humanities and science at ArtCenter College of Design.
WPRA encourages Housing Element Policies
WPRA acknowledges there is a need for additional housing in Pasadena, especially affordable housing followed by a list of suggestions and support for ongoing policies.2022_4_6-WPRA-Housing-Element-Policies
WPRA supports Pasadena’s revised Local Mobility Analysis
WPRA supports the revised Local Mobility Analysis process and thanks the participants whose hard work accomplished this important result.WPRA-Letter-re-Local-Mobility-Analysis-22_4_4
WPRA supports the Van de Kamp house as a Pasadena landmark
WPRA strongly supports the staff recommendation for the residence located at 801 South San Rafael Avenue to be designated as a City of Pasadena Landmark, the former home of John Van de Kamp.2022_03_20-WPRA-Ltr-Van-de-Kamp-House
WPRA News Letter Spring 2022
In this issue
Oh, the wonders you’ll see! Let’s dream them together.
Presidents’ message: What have we done for you lately?
Pasadena City Council elections are set for June 7
WPRA comments on land use and planning issues
What’s on the WPRA land-use watch list
Huntington Hospital project improves with consultation
Update: One Arroyo trail demonstration projects
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden: A historic jewel in the heart of Pasadena
Living with our wild neighbors
America’s stadium begins historic centennial celebration
The White House is catching up to the Pasadena Senior Center (Wink)
City approves, appoints to ECD/EL task force
Pasadena’s pioneers ‘made a few mistakes’
|Vice President, Administration||Evan Davis|
|Vice President, Communications||Avram Gold|
WPRA’s letter to Planning regarding the Affinity Project DEIR
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association has identified several elements of the DEIR that we believe have serious legal issues and are potentially flawed or unacceptable.PDF Embedder requires a url attribute WPRA-Letter-Affinity-DEIR-3-2-22-
Letter to Keith Hala regarding Hahamangna SE Entrance Project
The County ‘s recommendations are not authorized by the Hahamonga Master Plan. There should be no approvals for any additional changes until the entire project can be brought into compliance with the HWPMP and the Design Plan for the Arroyo Seco.WPRA-Ltr-Hahamangna-SE-Entrance-Project-2-14-22
Letter to City Council regarding Huntington Hospital Medical Office Building
WPRA has concerns about the overall design of the building and are taking no position on the project itself. WPRA urges earlier engagement in the future.2022_1_12-WPRA-Letter-Huntington-MOB-Council